3 in Ohio claim sexual abuse by county dorm mother

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Three women have sued a county social-service agency in northeast Ohio, claiming they were sexually abused as teens by a dorm mother.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in state court in Youngstown against the Trumbull County Children Services agency in Warren.

An earlier federal lawsuit involving the same allegations was thrown out over filing deadlines.

Agency director Tim Schaffner said Wednesday in a statement that the allegations dating from 2007 were investigated by police, reviewed by the prosecutor and a state licensing specialist upheld the investigation as acceptable.

The women, who were teens at the time, claim the dorm mother enticed them to have sex at her apartment while under her care in county custody. The woman has resigned.

The lawsuit seeks $3 million in damages for each woman.

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Information from: The Tribune Chronicle, http://www.tribtoday.com